I bet that made you look twice!
Over the winter Nigel has been making me a pond which I hope will develop into a wildlife pond. I didn’t want an ornamental one with fountains and goldfish but a pond that can support frogs, toads, water snails etc. Obviously it is very new looking at the moment and will need ages to mature but so far I am pleased with it. Once the reeds grow up and the pond weeds establish it should start looking more natural. Not that we are short of water around here as our property is surrounded by river on three sides.
This morning whilst the dogs lounged in the sun in their baskets supervising, I planted a few seeds in pots in the greenhouse and sowed 2 rows of parsnips and a row carrots, we then decided to take the dogs for a walk in Weybourne Woods as we knew there is a pond there with a huge population of frogs.
When we got to the pond it was heaving with frogs having a huge amphibious orgy! We thought we were a few days too early but eventually spied some spawn in the reeds which we scooped up a couple of jam jars worth. We continued on our walk almost following the North Norfolk Steam Railway and the coast.
It was a lovely afternoon but quite chilly in the coastal breeze. Once home we placed the frog spawn in my new pond and put some wire over it as we have a huge population of grey herons here who would just enjoy a beakful of heron caviar! I can’t wait to see it develop into tadpoles over the next few weeks.